Saturday 7th July 2018

Late news, 5/7, Praa Sands: 10 Linnet, 2 Stonechat, Raven, 2 Whitethroat, Common Scoter, 9 Fulmar, 2 Ringlet Butterfly, Painted Lady Butterfly, 4 Small Skipper butterfly, 10+ Small Heath Butterfly. (J Evans)

Late news, 6/7, Pentire: Osprey pm sitting on a fence post not far from the farmhouse. Seen by me and three others at the same moment. (I Day)

Marazion Marsh RSPB: Iberian Chiffchaff heard singing briefly near railway, Reed Bunting (m), 2 Cetti’s Warbler, 2 Stonechat, 3 Sedge Warbler, Comma Butterfly, 5 Ringlet Butterfly, Nuthatch, Blackcap (m), Chiffchaff. (J Evans)

Mermaid II Pelagic ex Penzance: 4 Sooty Shearwater, 1 Balearic Shearwater, c12 Storm Petrel, 2 Great Skua, 1 juv Yellow-legged Gull, 100+ Common Dolphin, 2+ Blue-fin Tuna, 2 Harbour Porpoise and 3 Ocean Sunfish. (M Ahmad, M Elliott, MJ Spicer et al)

Stithians: 10 Lapwing, 1 adult and 2 juv. Grasshopper Warbler, Little Grebe nest on 5 eggs, Linnet on 4 eggs, Linnet nest with 5 young, 8 days old. At Golden Lion, 2 Red Deer hinds with 2 calves, still with spots on. (D Eva)

Newquay, Towan Head: 2 Mediterranean Gull & 1 Ocean Sunfish. (S Grose)

Par Beach Pool: 156 Black-headed Gull (5 juv) & 1 Mediterranean Gull. (S Grose)

Whipsiderry: 5 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

Nanjizal: Grasshopper Warbler and 14 Sedge Warbler. 6 Crossbill flying around. (K Wilson)

Siblyback Reservoir: 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Tree Pipit, Crossbill this evening. (D Julian)

Fowey Harbour: 5 Mute Swan (2 adults and 3 young). (R Barlow)

Drift Reservoir: 1 Common Sandpiper & 3+ broods of Chiffchaff. (DK Parker)

Siblyback Lake: 2 Black-tailed Godwit, Ruff, Tree Pipit, Crossbill. (DI Julian)

Newquay, Morrisons supermarket: 2 Barn Owl, 17 Swift. (S Grose)


Sunday 17th June 2018

Porthgwarra seawatch, 7.30 – 1pm: 1 Wilson’s Petrel (at 11.00), 1 Pomarine Skua, 1 Sooty Shearwater, 10 Puffin, 3 Great Skua, 3 Storm Petrel, 5 Sandwich Tern. (R Augarde, R Wilkins,  R Veal, S Rogers)

Hayle, Millpond: 1 Iberian Chiffchaff still. (P St Pierre)

Hayle Estuary RSPB, Ryan’s Field: 1 Barnacle Goose and 37 Mediterranean Gull. (P St Pierre) Estuary: 2nd summer Mediterranean Gull with Black-headed Gulls feeding in one of channels from behind industrial unit. (D A Jones)

Newquay Towan Head: Good Manx Shearwater passage 50+ per min (.a.m) also Ocean Sunfish off point. (M Lammas)

Par Lake: 9 Black-headed Gull and 1 Pied Wagtail, 1 Song Thrush with food for young in lakeside area. (R. Barlow)

St Ives island: adult Gannet and several Kittiwakes in Bay. Rock Pipit nest with young on cliff below coastguards; a Grey Seal. (D A Jones)

Liskeard:1 Dipper on River Fowey at Trago Mills, also 1 Treecreeper. (S Grose)

Tregonetha Downs: 3 Yellowhammer, 13 Swift, 1 Raven, also Skylarks, Linnets, Stonechats, Meadow Pipits, & 2 Hare. (S Grose)

Lizard village: 3 Greenfinch, (2m 1f) on garden feeders. (J Ball)

Colliford Reservoir and Dozmary Pool: 987 Canada Goose, 7 Great Crested Grebe (adult on nest and a pair feeding 2 well grown young), 5 Cormorant, 5 Mallard, 3 Great Black-backed Gull, 4 Black-headed Gull, 2 Herring Gull, 5 adult Curlew, 1 Buzzard, 1 Kestrel, 2 Raven, 28 Carrion Crow, 43 Jackdaw, 5 Magpie, 3 Wood Pigeon, 2 Stock Dove, 1 Cuckoo, 3 juv Mistle Thrush, 4 Blackbird, 4 juv Wheatear, 5 Meadow Pipit, 2 Pied Wagtail, 1 Willow Warbler, 1 Wren, 1 Swallow, 3 Chaffinch, 2 Goldfinch, 2 House Sparrow, 5 Linnet, 2 Sky Lark and 2 Dunnock. (DAConway)


Monday 4th June 2018

Late news, 3/6, Nancledra: Golden Oriole reported, heard only.

Late news, 3/6, St Just: 2 Rosy Starlings reported in fields to the West of St Just.

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still at the millpond, singing near the wooden bridge. (LGR Evans)

Ventongimps: Cattle Egret over heading towards Allett. (P Roseveare)

Hayle: House Martins nesting on Post Office, Foundry Square. (G Marshall)

Trevose Head: Just 1 Corn Bunting. (A McKechnie)

Corn Bunting, Alex McKechnie

Marazion Beach: 4 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed Plover & 1 Sanderling this evening. (J Hawkey)

Longrock Pool: 1 Grey Heron, 2 Mute Swan, 3 Herring Gull, 1 Stonechat, 2 Moorhen, 2 Coot. (K Bowers)

Grey Heron, Kevin Bowers

Whipsiderry: 2 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

Park Head/Pentire Farm: 1 Barn Owl, 2 Yellowhammer, 1 Corn Bunting. (S Grose)

Luckett: 2 Tree Pipit, Dipper with young, 2 Grey wagtails with young. (C Buckland)


Saturday 2nd June 2018

Late news, 1/6, Downderry: At least 227 Manx Shearwater moving west early evening (1815-1935),plus 1 Great Northern Diver on the sea. (A Payne)

Late news, 1/6, Rosenannon Downs: 3 Tawny Owl and 1 singing Yellowhammer at 23:00. (S Grose)

Nanjizal: Female Eastern Subalpine Warbler and 2 Spotted Flycatcher early morning. Please keep to public rights of way. (K Wilson)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the millpond.

Drift: Bee-eater photographed on wires along track to Treganhoe Farm at 10:00. (R Hughes) Bee-eater not seen again, but Great White Egret still present in NE arm. (L Proctor)

Lizard Point: 1 Long-tailed Skua past.

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 7 Curlew, 2 Whimbrel, 4 Mediterranean Gull, 15 Black-headed Gull, 1 Oystercatcher, 1 Kingfisher, 5 Shelduck on Ryan’s Field. (S Grose)

Widemouth Bay: 250 Manx Shearwater per hour passing west in tight parties of 15 – 60 from 06:00 until at least 07:45. (H Kendall)

Goss Moor: 1 Mistle Thrush, pair Stonechat with 1 young, 3 Sedge Warbler, 3 Common Whitethroat, 2 Marsh Tit, 7 Cuckoo and 2 Siskin. (B Bosisto)

Stithians Reservoir: 2 Grasshopper Warbler, 3 Garden Warbler, 2 Cuckoo, Whitethroat nest with 5 young on point of fledging, Great Crested Grebe on nest at Golden Lion cut off. (D Eva)

Porth Joke: 3 male Whitethroat holding territory within 50m of the beach. (S Rowe)

Dunmere, River Camel and Fishery: 2 (ad + juv) Dipper, 1 m Grey Wagtail, 1 Kingfisher, 1 Mistle Thrush, pr Coal Tit taking food into nest, pr Canada Geese with 5 young, 3 Little Grebe, 1 juv Cormorant, also 1 buck Roe Deer, Beautiful Demoiselles, 1 Black-tailed Skimmer, Blue-tailed and Common Damselflies. (T Mills)

Juvenile Dipper, Tony Mills

Adult Dipper, Tony Mills

Male Grey Wagtail, Tony Mills

Downderry: Early this morning 2 Great Northern Diver offshore and a Mediterranean Gull (1s) west. About 460 Manx Shearwater flew west 1805-1915. (A Payne)

Wacker Quay: 6 Shelduck, 3 Little Egret, Wigeon. (R Napp)

Male Wigeon, Rick Napp

Marazion beach: 52 Dunlin, 25 Sanderling, 6 Whimbrel, 4 Great Black-backed Gull feeding on seal carcass until flushed by dog. (S Grose)

Roseland. Ruan Lanihorne marshes: 2 hunting Barn Owls 9.00pm. (D Hall)


Wednesday 30th May 2018

Late news, 29/5, Penwithick: 1 Jay, 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Pied Wagtail, 2 Blue Tit, 10 House Sparrow, 2 Woodpigeon and 1 Coal Tit. (K Bowers)

Jay – Kevin Bowers

Pied Wagtails – Kevin Bowers

Late news, 29/5, Truro: 2 Swifts over the garden, very scarce so far. (D Jenkins)

Late news, 29/5, Helford: Garden Warbler singing from scrub near Trebah Garden. (D Collins)

Mermaid II pelagic in Mounts Bay: 1 Wilson’s Petrel about 3 miles south of the Mount, also 15 European Storm Petrel. Plus 4 Puffin, 3 Great Northern Diver, 3 Storm Petrel, 2 Sandwich Tern, 1 Arctic Skua, 40+ Common Dolphin and 1 Ocean Sunfish on west side of Bay. (M Elliot)

Hayle: Millponds: Iberian Chiffchaff still present at 19:30 showing well still singing, closer to ploughed fields. (J Evans)

Coverack: 1 ad Long-tailed Skua  past, also ,1 dark phase Arctic Skua, 35 Manx Shearwater, 1 Great Northern Diver. (A Cockroft)

Drift Reservoir (members only): 1 Great White Egret still in NE arm, also 2 juv Grey Heron and 4 Great Crested Grebe. (DK Parker)

Great White Egret, Dave Parker

Redruth: 1 m Hawfinch at Roseland Gardens.

Widemouth Bay: 1 Wheatear, probably of the Greenland race and a Rock Pipit carrying food. (H Kendall)

Maer Lake: 2 Swifts feeding over the lake and surrounding pastures. Five Black-tailed Godwits on the muddy lake fringes. (H Kendall)

Marazion: c50 Dunlin, c25 Sanderling, c20 Ringed Plover, 7 Turnstone, 6 Whimbrel and 1 Bar-tailed Godwit on the beach. (DK Parker)

Tywardreath: Bullfinch 2 male & 2 female, 6 Goldfinch, 1 Coal Tit on garden feeders and 1 Dunnock carrying food. (R Barlow)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 5 summer-plumaged Purple Sandpiper. (T Mills)

Purple Sandpipers, Tony Mills

Charlestown: 1 Great Spotted Woodpecker (D Hastilow)

Hensbarrow Downs: 5 Cuckoo. (B Bosisto)

Hayle Estuary RSPB: 1s Mediterranean Gull, 30 Ringed Plover, 30 Dunlin, 3 Whimbrel, 3 Oystercatcher chicks on Ryan’s Field. (R Veal)

Penryn: Red Kite 1 flew W at 10:15. (J Holmes)

Goss Moor: 1 Barn Owl. (S Grose)


Tuesday 29th May 2018

Late news, 28/5, Helston Boating Lake: Tufted Duck with two chicks. (A Witheywood)

Tufted Duck – A Witheywood

Marazion Beach: 1 ad Baird’s Sandpiper at Red River mouth this morning. (R Veal)

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing at the millpond by the footbridge. (A Ramesh)

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing along Bosistow Lane, also Spotted Flycatchers at Lower Bosistow & Arden-Sawah. (M Wallace)

Drift Reservoir (members only): Great White Egret again in the NE arm this morning. (L Proctor) and still there this afternoon. (T Mills) 1 Black Kite over at 15:50. (G Grant)

Great White Egret, Tony Mills

Bude Marshes: 1 singing Reed Warbler and a probable Honey Buzzard over very high heading NE. (N Bastin)

Reed Warbler – Nigel Bastin

Trevone, Porthmissen Farm: 100+ Kittiwake sitting on nests, with more probable nests out of view. (S Grose)

Rame Head: 1 Spotted Flycatcher. (C Buckland)

Mermaid II pelagic in Mounts Bay: 6+ Storm Petrel, 7 Great Northern Diver, 5 Puffin and 4 Ocean Sunfish. (M Elliot)

Padstow, Stepper Point: 2 adult Raven and 3 chicks, 1 Yellowhammer, 26 Guillemot, 27 Razorbill on the water opp Stepper Hole. (S Grose)

Goonhilly Downs/Trevassack: 4 Cuckoo flying, plus one at Higher Bochym. (C Richards)

Penzance, Battery Rocks: 4 Purple Sandpiper in early summer plumage. (S Williams)


Monday 28th May 2018

Late news, 27/5, Loe pool: 2 Cetti’s Warbler singing on the east shore. (NP Betts)

Marazion: Adult Baird’s Sandpiper on the beach (but constantly flushed by dog walkers). (B Mellow) The first spring record for Cornwall. Also  c30 Dunlin, 15 Ringed Plover, 10 Sanderling, 4 Whimbrel, 4 Turnstone and 1s Med Gull briefly. (DK Parker, S Rogers)

Baird’s Sandpiper – Dave Parker

Baird’s Sandpiper, Mashuq Ahmad

Baird’s Sandpiper (right), Mashuq Ahmad

Baird’s Sandpiper, Steve Rowe

Hayle: Iberian Chiffchaff still at the Millpond at 06:30.

Polgigga: Iberian Chiffchaff still singing along Bosistow Lane. (S Rogers)

St Just: Adult Rosy Starling on road to Cot valley in first sheep field on left. (N Wheatley)

Saltash: Adult Rosy Starling still at Churchtown Farm 07:30 in the bushes by the stream.

Rame: Adult Rosy Starling around the Coastguard hut 11:30 to 11:45 before heading North. (R Veal)

Rosy Starling – Reuben Veal

Drift Reservoir, (Members only): 1 Great White Egret in NE arm. (R Menari)

Downderry: A Hoopoe seen at 07:05 flying low over the sea, heading inland. Also in the area 5 Whimbrel, whilst  a Great Northern Diver and 5 Manx Shearwaters flew west. (A Payne)

St Just: Turtle Dove by football club. (P Fraser)

Coverack: 25 Storm Petrel, 2 Great Skua, 1 Great Northern Diver and Lesser Whitethroat singing on the headland also 6 Small Pearl Bordered Fritillary. (A Cockroft)

Cotehele Quay: 1 calling Reed Warbler and 1 singing Marsh Tit. (R Smaldon)

Hatt: 1 singing Lesser Whitethroat. (R Smaldon)

Argal Reservoir: Mute Swans with 2 cygnets, 4 Great Crested Grebe (D Eva)

College Reservoir: Mute Swans with 3 cygnets, pair of Grey Heron nesting (D Eva)

Croft Pascoe: 4 Spotted Flycatcher, 20 Siskin, Coal Tit and Great Spotted Woodpecker both feeding young in nest holes (D Eva) In addition, 2 Cuckoo and 1 Chiffchaff. (S Van Hear)

Croft Pascoe Pool: 2 Cuckoo, 5 Sand Martin, House Martin plus 4-Spotted Chasers and Emperor Dragonflies (S Van Hear)

Boat Cove: 3 Dunlin, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Whimbrel, 2 Ringed plover and 15 Turnstone. (S Rogers)

Minions: 1 m Redstart, 2 Raven, 2 m Cuckoo,1 f Cuckoo, 7  Wheatear, Meadow Pipits, 1 Willow Warbler and 2 Swifts. (C Buckland)

Par Beach: 1 Reed Warbler in the adjoining stream. (R. Barlow)

Truro: Male Siskin in private garden. (M Costa)

Gannel Estuary: 1 Bar-tailed Godwit. (S Rowe)

Treveal: 1 Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Lesser Whitethroat singing. (S Rowe)